Continuing the provision of free school meals

7 days ago

Families entitled to free school meals in Carmarthenshire will be able to collect food packs from Thursday, March 26.

The council has teamed up with Cross-Hands based Castell Howell and other suppliers to the schools catering service to provide food for children registered for free school meals.

The packs will contain breakfasts and lunches for five days.

They can be collected from all 12 secondary schools across the county between 9am and 12noon Monday to Friday:

Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ffairfach
Ysgol Bro Myrddin, Carmarthen
Bryngwyn School, Llanelli
Coedcae School, Llanelli
Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ammanford
Ysgol Dyffryn Taf, Whitland
Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn, Newcastle Emlyn
Glan-y-Môr School, Burry Port
Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth, Cefneithin
QE High School, Carmarthen
St John Lloyd School, Llanelli
Ysgol y Strade, Llanelli

As well as the following primary schools:

Ysgol Y Castell, Kidwelly
Ysgol Rhys Prichard, Llandovery
Ysgol Carreg Hirfaen

Eligible children from all schools in the county, both primary and secondary, can collect their food packs from all of the above locations.

Free sanitary products will also be available at all of the collection points as part of the #PeriodPovertySirGâr project.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “It is vitally important that we continue to provide free school meals during this extremely difficult time.

“No child who would ordinarily receive a free school meal should go without while their school is closed or while they are having to self-isolate at home.

“We have more than 5,000 children registered for free school meals in Carmarthenshire and I want to reassure families that we will do all we can to help them.

“I am also pleased to see that period poverty packs will also be available, which is very important.

“We have tried to cover as many parts of the county as possible by using all secondary schools as collection points together with some primary schools. However, if there are some families that do have genuine difficulty in reaching these locations, please get in touch.

“We are also extremely grateful to Castell Howell and all our suppliers for their support in helping us to arrange this so quickly.”

The situation will be continually monitored and if there is a demand for further collection points this will be looked into. The opening times may also be extended if needed.

If you are unable to collect your food pack please email direct@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 234567.

 

Families are able to collect one pack per eligible child.

No, currently you only need to give your child’s name, date of birth and the name of the school they normally attend. If anything changes, we will let families know.

We would ask families to please use their nearest collection point, if possible. And if your child has any allergies / special diet, it would be helpful if you used the same collection point going forward.

We have emailed all headteachers to ask them to get the information out, as well as messages on ParentPay, the council’s social media pages, and website. More families may qualify as time goes on and these families will be informed.

No, we have decided to supply food packs instead of vouchers to make it as easy as possible for families to have the food they need.

Yes at the moment, but they will have to provide all pupil names, dates of birth and the schools they attend. If anything changes, we will let families know.